NHS England declares level four incident over outbreak
NHS England has declared coronavirus a level four incident – the highest category.
It comes as confirmed cases in the UK rose to 51 and Boris Johnson unveiled his plan for dealing with the outbreak.
The level four designation places new demands on NHS providers around the country, such as setting up their own incident management team and having a 24/7 point of contact for the virus.
All intensive care patients with any kind of respiratory infection must now be tested for the coronavirus.
The 12 new cases on Tuesday include eight patients who had travelled from Italy, one from Germany, one from Singapore, one from Japan and one from Iran.
They are from London, Hampshire, Northamptonshire, Bury, Wirral, Greater Manchester, Humberside and Kent.